There's understandably a fair amount of anxiety in the lead-up to a significant dentistry procedure. We know that very few people truly enjoy their time at the dentist, and many patients have significant anxiety.
When you're set to undergo a cosmetic dentistry procedure, it's important to prepare in a way that sets you up for success. By taking these steps, you can reduce your anxiety and put your teeth and gums in a position to better withstand the procedure.
At our office, we're committed to doing everything we can do to ensure your procedure is a success. This means providing you with all of the information and resources you need to prepare for your procedure.
If you live in or around Denver, Colorado and you're considering cosmetic dentistry, please call Scott Greenhalgh, DDS, today at 303-988-9060 for a consultation.
Setting Yourself Up for Success
Every procedure is unique, of course, and each will require certain unique steps to prepare for it. Still, there are some general tips we can provide for preparing for your cosmetic procedure.
Here's what we recommend:
- First, and most importantly, follow any recommendations Dr. Greenhalgh provides. He has decades of experience as a dentist and you can trust his word. He'll likely give you some instructions as to medications you should or should not take, as well as tips related to other issues. Take that advice.
- If you're undergoing an extensive procedure, such as dental implants, it's a good idea to make arrangements to have someone drive you home and perhaps look over you at home for a little while after your procedure. You'll want to rest and recover at your leisure.
- It's always a good idea to give up smoking, but it's especially important before a major cosmetic dentistry procedure. Smoking does significant damage to your teeth and gums, and the habit can really reduce the effectiveness of any procedure. It can also retard healing if the procedure is significant.
- For certain procedures, you might be given instructions to not eat or drink anything for a certain period of time before the procedure. Make sure you follow these instructions completely – it's very important.
- If you suffer from dental anxiety, do what you need to do to relax. Find soothing music, watch a favorite television show – whatever gives you peace of mind. Our office offers sedation dentistry services, so we might provide you with a sedative to take on the day of your procedure.
Of course, you might still have questions about preparing for your procedure. We'll be happy to answer those questions and provide you with more detailed instructions.
If you're looking for an experienced cosmetic dentist in the Denver, Colorado, area, please call Dr. Scott Greenhalgh today at 303-988-9060 for a consultation.